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Status Report 
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a message 

/rom f/ze Chancellor 

You may hear it said on campus 
these days, "You can't get there 
from here." We would all agree that 
intracampus travel - both pedestrian 
and vehicular - is certainly more 
challenging as w/e weave between 
job sites and construction equipment. 
However, in the not too distant future, 
we will most definitely an-ive at our 
destination - a more functional, 
beautiful campus that more clearly 
and effectively supports our mission 
and goals. 

In addition to the higher education 
bond projects and other construction 
projects already in the works, our 
master planning process is helping 
us as a university community define 
our priorities and goals with regard 
to our physical campus and how 
that campus reflects and supports 
our culture. 

UNCW will continue to grow as we 
do our part in educating a growing 
student population in this region, our 
state and nation. And while the journey 
will be marked by detour signs and 
hard hat areas, we are determined that 
the grovAh we experience will be f 
focused and fruitful. 









University Goals 
Give Focus to 
Construction Projects 

With the development of the university's stra- 
tegic goals and objectives { 
planning/StrategicPlan.htm), new emphasis 
is on integrating facilities and programs. 

This year, the Facilities Committee has 
dealt with concerns such as swing space, 
renovations, master planning, building 
maintenance, parking and a new facilities use 
policy according to Cecil Willis, assistant vice 
chancellor- academic affairs. "These actions 
speak most directly to the goals of enhanc- 
ing the student learning experience and the 
quality of UNCW's environment by providing 
a campus that is attractive, functional, and, 
above all, safe," said Willis. 

Keeping the focus on the university's 
mission sometimes means changing plans. 
In July 2004, the North Carolina General 
Assembly allowed UNCW to modify the 
scope of some bond projects. Originally, 
heating and air, fire, and voice and data 
systems in Alderman Hall were to be mod- 
ernized. These updates have been cancelled 
and renovations to Kenan Auditorium scaled 
back in order to concentrate funds on Kenan 
and James halls. 

"This was a deliberate decision bet- 
ter to satisfy the needs of students rather 
than administrators," said Chancellor 
Rosemary DePaolo. 

The scaling back became necessary in 
large part because of rising construction 
costs. Conservative estimates show steel 
prices rose 40-60 percent in 2004, while labor 
and concrete costs also increased dramati- 
cally. The demand created by international 
events such as China's construction boom 
and the tsunami disaster contributed to 
the increases. 

All is not bleak, however. After a three-year 
drought, the state again allocated Renovation 
and Repair (R&R) funding. These funds are 
critical, according to Ron Core, vice chan- 
cellor - business affairs. "R&R funds help us 
keep older buildings functioning. Otherwise, 
system failures, such as roofs or heating and 
air, must be paid for with operating funds 
which impacts the university's ability to fulfill 
its mission," said Core. 

students, faculty, staff and visitors are asked to obey all construction signs during this time of 
unprecedented facilities growth at UNCW. 

Now Entering Work Zono 

With nearly 400 parking spaces lost to con- 
struction, one road closed permanentiy and 
others closed on occasion for delivery of 
materials, repaying and the like, traveling 
the campus is more challenging than ever. 
Parts of campus are marked by mazes out- 
lined in orange fencing. Many departments 
are temporarily relocating as buildings are 
constructed and renovated. 

The Pedestrian Safety Committee was 
formed to help the campus community 
navigate during this unprecedented time of 
construction. According to committee chair 
Stan Harts many safety hazards have already 
been remedied by cooperative efforts from 

the Office of Facilities, contractors and the 
committee. In addition, orange pennants 
now mark detours, and safety information 
has been disseminated to the campus. 

As you travel on campus, please keep 
these tips in mind. Before visiting a depart- 
ment or individual, call ahead to confirm 
the location. Allow extra time for walking, 
biking or driving and to find parking. Obey all 
construction signs and stay outside of fenced 
construction areas. 

If you have safety questions or sugges- 
tions, please e-mail 

Check out our 

interactive construction impact map! 


MARK MORGAN, Wilmington native and 
graduate of North Carolina State University, is 
director of project management in the Office 
of Facilities. With past experience including 
general contracting and project engineering for a 
major textiles company, Mark oversees projects 
from concept to completion. 

Generally, the projects under his direction 
are considered informal. Informal applies to the 
process which requires jobs up to $300,000 
in cost to follovi/ bidding rules that are a little 
less stringent, but not to the level of quality 
and dedication Mark and his team apply to 
each project. 

Even informal projects are more challeng- 
ing these days. Since Mark joined the UNCW 
facilities team in 2002, codes are stricter There 
is more regulation by agencies such as the NC 
Department of Insurance and Department of 
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). 
According to Mark, simply adding one section of 
sidew^alk now requires permitting by DENR. 

Project management generally has approxi- 
mately 100 active jobs with about 50 funded 
and in various stages of design or execution. 
The scope of these projects ranges from small 
repairs to major upfits. Mark and his team of 
four project managers, two CAD operators and 
one administrative assistant complete 1 00-1 50 
projects each year usually totaling around $2 
million. This year, however, a total of nearly $3.5 
million will be completed. According to Mark, an 
increase in size and complexity as well as more 
projects account for the higher total. 

In managing the informal projects, Mark is 
uniquely situated to work with a lot of smaller 
companies, including Historically Underutilized 
Businesses (HUB) contractors. Often informal 
projects are bid by the same requirements as 
large projects to give the smaller companies a 
chance to learn the process. "We've worked 
with some really good folks," said Mark, "and it's 
very rewarding to watch as HUB vendors move 
up to bidding on larger and larger projects." 

ompleted early this year, Westside Hall is 
a true student and academic support center, 
a one-stop shopping system that allows 
professionals within a single building to 
address the whole student with ease, foster 
cross consultations and create inter-referrals 
for students. 

"Now we can make it easy for students 
to become effective consumers of the ser- 
vices UNCW offers," said Dr. Jim Dragna, 
associate vice chancellor - student devel- 
opment services. 

For example, General College advisors 
often make referrals to University Learning 
Services, Disability Services, Counseling 
Center and International Programs. With the 
more centralized organization of Westside, 
students can be referred down the hall or 
upstairs, instead of being sent across cam- 

The New Westside Hall 

Asking the Right Questions, Making the Right Choices 


Westside Hall recently 

underwent renovation 

and an addition. 




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These departments 
reside in Westside Hall: 
General College 
Interaanonal Programs 
Tutoring a Learning Center 
The Writing Place 
National Testing Program 
Disahility Services 
Counseling Comer 
Health Promotion 
Nutrition Services 
Studem Health 

pus to multiple locations. "This centralized 
approach will also facilitate communication 
among the professionals working together 
to meet the needs of our UNCW students," 
said Dr. Kemille Moore, General College 

Besides the advantages of myriad stu- 
dent services in one location, departments 
are also benefiting from larger and better 
designed spaces. General College, the aca- 
demic home for nearly 3000 UNCW students 
when it comes to advising, participating in 
the Freshman Seminar or being a rnember 
of Learning Communities, now can more 
adequately house its professional advisors, 
provide resources and meeting space for 
faculty advisors and, for the first time, create 
a resource space for Pre-Professional Health 
Sciences advising. 

International Programs' new space fea- 
tures an expanded resource library for study 
abroad programs and provides more office 
space for professional staff. 

Westside Hall is itself a learning experi- 
ence according to Dragna. As a national 
prototype for this kind of facility, Westside 
functions as an applied research lab. 
Assessment services are key. In the atrium, 
technology and human resources help 
students decide which services best meet 
their needs. Throughout the facility, there is 
a strong focus on personal decision making 
skills and assessment in emotional, social 
and academic development. Interactive 
technology such as experimental holo- 
graphic displays will contribute to the learn- 
ing lab experience. 

"It's all about asking the right questions 
so students may make the right choices for 
their own academic, emotional and physical 
health," said Dragna. 

UNCW uses 
FEMA Grant to 
Protect Campus 

UNCW received its second round of fund- 
ing from FEMA as part of the Disaster 
Resistant Universities (DRU) program in 
October 2004. 

Promoting a safe and secure campus is 
one of UNCW's strategic goals. According 
to Sharon Boyd, associate vice chancellor- 
business services and emergency operations 
coordinator, UNCW will use the $271,000 
DRU grant to complete a variety of projects 
and programs that enhance the emergency 
management program on campus and 
promote a more secure environment. These 
projects include developing an All Hazards 
Emergency Operations and Mitigation Plan. 
Additionally, these projects will be funded: 

• Strengthening Hoggard Hall where the 
main computing center and emergency 
operations center will reside by 
installing disaster resistant windows 
and an extra rain shield over the roof. 

• Protecting research at the Center for 
Marine Science by installing impact 
resistant windows on the operations 
facility and protecting the air intake. 

• Installing impact resistant windows 
on critical university facilities such 

as University Police headquarters and 
Randall Library. 

"These DRU-funded projects and pro- 
grams will help protect the campus from 
many hazards, but particularly from hurri- 
cane damage since that is the most prevalent 
disaster UNCW faces," said Boyd. 

UNCW is one of the six original pilot 
DRUs. Stan Harts, environmental health 
and safety director and Suzanne Blake, 
emergency management coordinator, 
co-administer this grant. 

Top: Workers complete the Student Recreation 
Center roof repair caused by storm damage. 

Above: FEIVIA grant funds are being used in 
the strengthening of the Hoggard Hall addition, 
providing for disaster resistant windows and an 
extra rain shield over the computing center and 
emergency operations center. 

Storm Surge: 

2004 Tropical Storms 
and Hurricanes 
Raise New Projects 

A number of tropical storms and hurricanes 
hit the southeastern United States during the 
summer and fall of 2004. Although UNCW 
was spared a direct hurricane hit, high winds 
and rain from storms did cause damage 
on campus, according to Tom Freshwater, 
physical plant director. 

Trees and branches fell throughout 
campus including on one student's vehicle. 
The Student Recreation Center roof required 
extensive repair. And damage to the baseball 
trailer located by the Field House resulted in 
it being closed permanently. 

UNCW Physical Plant staff assessed 
damages immediately following the storm 
and worked with contractors to repair dam- 
ages and clean debris within hours of the 
passing of storms. 



Projects Funded by the 2000 
Higher Education Bonds 

Cultural Arts Building 

The universin- broke ground on 
tliis 104,830-square-foot struc- 
ture Oct. 28, 2004, in a ceremony 
concluding with the forging 
of art on site. The cultural arts 
comple.xwill feature classrooms, 
seminar rooms, computer labs, 
rehearsal rooms, performance 
spaces and exhibit venues. 
Status: Foundation systems are 
under construction. 
Completion: Summer 2006 

Friday Hall 

Users will enjoy enhanced com- 
puter and telecommunications 
performance when upgrades to 
the technolog}' infrastructure are 
complete. In addition, the HVAC, 
central fire alarm and sprinkler 
systems will be replaced, labs 
upgraded and offices and class- 
rooms reconfigured. 
Status: Design development 
dravrings are underway. 
Completion: Spring 2007 

Computer Information 
Systems Building 

This 53,000-square-foot facil- 
ity vnll house the Department 
of Computer Science and 
the Department of Informa- 
tion Systems and Operations 
Management and will include 
multidisciplinary, hands- 
on laboratories equipped 
with the latest information 
technologies; dynamically 
re- configurable research and 
instructional spaces; stu- 
dent "sandboxes" to facilitate 
team-based collaborative 
learning; and a real-time 
electronic trading room. 
Status: Contractor is mobilizing 
on site. 
Completion: Summer 2006 

Hoggard Hall 

Hoggard's floor plan will be up- 
dated to meet computing and 
administrative needs. A 15,000- 
square-foot, two-story addition 
to the existing structure will pro- 
vide faculty and graduate stu- 
dents with high-end technology, 
network capabilities, technical 
support and simulation and 
productions capabilities. The 
addition has been named the 
Technology Support Center. 
Status: Addition is complete. 
Renovations to main building 
have begun. 

Completion: Main building - 
Winter 2005 

Central Energy Plant 

When fully online, the Central 
Energy Plant near Randall 
Library will serve six academic 
and administrative buildings 
with two 600-ton chillers and 
five condensing boilers. While 
utilitarian in function, it features 
an attractive modified Georgian 
design to blend with other cam- 
pus buildings. 

Status: Pipeline installation is 
complete. Cooling tower foun- 
dations and walls are complete; 
cooling towers and chillers have 
been set. 
Completion: Spring 2005 

Above: The addition to 

Hoggard Hall houses the 

university's computing center. 

The center features emergency 

power, enhanced security and 

an expanded Technology 

Assistance Center (TAG). 

Bottom left: Indoor gathering 

spaces like these at the new 

education building support 

the university's strategic 

objective of providing dedicated 

locations for fostering community. 

Bottom: Computer information 
systems building will 
be complete in 2006. 

Iron sculptures, created by the Sculpture Studio under the direction of 
Professor Aaron Wilcox, were cast at the groundbreaking of the cultural 
arts building. 

James Hall 

Infrastructure renovation will 
address the HVAC system and 
computer and telecommuni- 
cation networking systems. 
Admissions, registrar and 
graduate dean's offices will 
reside in James Hall. 
Status: Designer is finalizing 
construction drawings. 
Completion:'Winter 2006 

Kenan Auditorium 

Seat replacement project 
along with the ramps to make 
the building accessible and 
comply with the Americans 
with Disabilities Act are com- 
plete. Future renovations 
to the auditorium include 
further ADA improvements 
such as expansion of first-floor 
restroom facilities and perfor- 
mance lighting control system 
enhancements. To avoid having 
Kenan Auditorium and Wilm- 
ington's Thalian Hall undergo 
renovations simultaneously, 
construction will commence 
in summer 2006. 
Completion: Fall 2006 

Kenan Hall 

Kenan Hall will be renovated, 
modernizing HVAC, alarm and 
fire suppression systems. The 
electric system will be upgraded 
for increased computer tech- 
nology. Creative writing will 
relocate to this building as will 
certain functions of film studies 
The present occupants will move 
to cultural arts building upon 
its completion. Kenan renova- 
tions cannot commence until 
that time. 

Status: Design development 
drawings are underway. 
Completion: Summer 2007 

King Hall 

UNCW is seeking legislative 
approval for the deferment of 
renovations to King Hall. In 
the meantime, King Hall will 
continue to serve as swing 
space during other building 

Center for 
Marine Science 
Operations Facility 

This project will consolidate 
operations presently housed 
at the Wrightsville Beach facil- 
ity with the CMS Myrde Grove 
operations. The expansion will 
include operatiorts shops, boat 
maintenance and storage facili- 
ties and technical laboratories. 
Status: Construction documents 
are underway. 
Completion: Fall 2006 

Bottom left: Jo Ann Seiple, former dean of the 
College of Arts and Sciences, addresses the crowd at the 
cultural arts building groundbreaking ceremony. 

Bottom right: University members peruse information at the first 
Master Planning Town Hall held in January 2005. 





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Vince Mannella, director of construction setA/ices, and Paul Reinmann, capital 
projects manager for the University Union project, oversee construction. 

Sports medicine facility nears completion. 

Legacy Hall 

The North Carolina Teachers 
Legacy Hall in the education 
building honors extraordinary 
teachers and administrators, 
showcases historic milestones 
in education and celebrates the 
teaching profession. 
Status: Grand unveiling held 
Feb. 10, 2005, with more than 
400 attendees including UNC 
President Molly Broad, UNC 
Board of Governors, UN CW Board 
of Trustees, donors, legislators, 
community leaders, alumni, faculty 
and staff. 
Completion: February 2005 

Westside Hall 

Departments began moving into 
Westside Dec. 13, 2004. See article 
on pg. 4 for more. 
Status: Building is complete. 

Non-Bond Projects 

Beik Residence Hall 

Exterior brick is being repaired. 
Status: Construction is underway. 
Completion: Summer 2005 

Master Planning 

Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC 
visited campus in January 2005 
for student, faculty and staff town 
hall meetings and forums as part 
of the data gathering phase. For 
more information about mas- 
ter planning, visit http://www. 

Status: The second phase focus- 
ing on alternative concepts began 
in March 2005. 
Completion: Fall 2005 

Bottom left: Legacy Hall, a unique feature of the education 
building will engage visitors with its museum-quality. Interactive 
displays that honor educators, share education history and 
celebrate the teaching profession. 

School of Nursing 

A new nursing school building is 
planned. See article on pg. 10. 
Status: Space needs have been 
defined, site studies are underway. 
The project is funded through 
schematic phase with full fund- 
ing pending approval of N.C. 
General Assembly. 
Status: Programming is underway 
Completion: Contingent on 

Almkuist-Nixon Sports 
Medicine Complex 

The sports medicine building 
next to Trask Coliseum will be 
home to the sports medicine 
department, sports physician's 
office, classrooms, offices for 
trainers and coaches and a hy- 
drotherapy room. 
Stofw5. Interior and exterior work 
is progressing. 
Completion: Spring 2005 

University Union 

Groundbreaking for the new 
student union was held Aug. 18, 
2004. The new bulding will house 
expanded dining and meeting 
facilities, a 350-seat movie theater 
and game room. Renovations to 
the existing University Union 
will include expanded dining 
facilities, copy center, conve- 
nience store, student organiza- 
tion and service offices. 
Status: Site and utility work con- 
tinues. Building pad is nearly 

Completion: New building - 
Summer 2006; Renovations to the 
current building - Spring 2007 

Friday Annex 

The building was renovated to 
house Nursing offices, simula- 
tion lab and learning resource 
Completion: February 2005 





The education building houses state-of-the art, technology-rich classrooms 
and labs, offices and N.C. Teacher's Legacy Hall. 

Renovation & Repair Projects 

Completed Projects 

In addition to numerous smaller projects, 

the following projects have been completed within 

the last year. 

School of Education $16,739,238 

Kenan House renovation $ 1,310,000 

Infrastructure projects - Phase II $ 1,442,170 

■femary Electrical Distribution $ 2,005,468 

iramural Drainage project $ 165,567 

Seahawk Grille renovation $ 275,612 

Roof repair at Wagoner Hall $ 401,826 

Recreation Center 

Roof repairs were necessary due to 
tropical storm damage. See article 
on pg. 5 for more information. 
Status: Roof work is complete. 
Access ladders are being added. 
Completion: Spring 2005 

Wagoner Hall 

A new restaurant is planned for 
the former office area on the 
south wing of Wagoner Hall. 
Status: Schematic design is 
complete. Student input was re- 
ceived in a focus group meeting 
in January 2005 and is ongoing 
through a message board on 
Campus Pipeline. 
Completion: Spring 2006 

Hanover Hall 

The roof has exceeded its useful 
life and requires replacement. 
Status: Construction documents 
are complete. 
Completion: Summer 2005 

Hanover Hall 
Floor Repair 

Shower floors require replace- 
ment to resolve waterproofing 
issues from original construction. 
Status: Construction drawings are 
Completion: Summer 2005 

Dobo Hall 

The heating, ventilation and air 
conditioning system requires 
repair to resolve temperature and 
humidity control issues. 
Status: Investigation phase is 
nearly complete. 
Completion: Summer 2006 

S&BS Hall 

The heating, ventilation and air 
conditioning system requires 
repair to resolve temperature 
and humidity control issues in 
selected areas. Status: Investiga- 
tion phase is nearly complete. 
Completion: Summer 2006 

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for the Critical "^ 
Shortage of Nurses 

One of the major goals of the UNCW School 
of Xursing is to help address the critical short- 
age of nurses in North Carolina and across 
the U.S. Through a $500,000 appropriation 
from the General Assembly, UNCW is devel- 
oping plans for a new nursing building that, 
when funded, will accommodate increased 
enrollment and 2P' centur\' technology. 

With the average age of nurses now at 
55, a wave of retirements is anticipated in 
the next 10 to 15 years. At the same time, 
North Carolina's population continues to 
grow, more retirees are moving to the state 
and baby boomers are aging, creating even 
greater demand for nursing professionals. 

Two of the main causes of the shortage 
nationally are lack of qualified nursing 
faculty and space constraints. 

"We are certainly experiencing these 
issues at UNCW," said Dean Virginia Adams. 
"In the 2003-2004 academic year alone, we 
were forced to turn away 34 qualified appli- 
cants due to shortages of space and faculty. 
Over the past five years, we have been unable 
to offer admission to about 35 percent of 
qualified students." 

Established in 1984, the School of 
Nursing is currently housed in Friday 
Annex and includes 16 full-time and 10 
part-time faculty. 

With adequate space and faculty, 
enrollment could grow from the current 
181 students to approximately 600, Adams 
said. A future facility is envisioned as a 
dynamic teaching-learning environment 
in the health sciences, with state-of-the- 
art technology, that would allow UNCW to 
produce more nurses, more nursing faculty 
and more continuing education services for 
practicing professionals. 

"The need for more nurses must be ad- 
dressed as the state positions itself to provide 
the best possible health care for its citizens," 
Adams said. "We thank our legislators for this 
planning appropriation and for their com- 
mitment to nursing education." 



Six apartment buildings and a clubhouse will be built in Phase I of the privatized housing project. 

Ojf-campus Amenities, On-campus Convenience 

Privatized Housing Project Brings 
New Apartments to UNCW 

More on-campus housing is a priority for UNCW. Studies have shown that students who 
live on campus perform better academically, are more involved in university activities and 
feel a stronger connection to the university. Benchmarking studies initiated by Chancellor 
Rosemary DePaolo revealed that many of UNCW's peer and aspirant universities have a 
higher percentage of students living on campus. UNCW currently houses about 20-25 percent 
of students, but is aiming for 40 percent as part of the university's goal to enhance student 
learning experiences. 

The privatized housing project currently being designed will help move UNCW toward 
that goal, adding more than 500 beds in six apartment buildings during Phase 1. The Phase I 
project is expected to cost $26.6 million and be ready for student occupancy in fall 2006. Phase 
II will begin immediately following Phase I's completion and is expected to include a similar 
number of beds and apartments. 

The UNCW Corporation, a non-profit organization whose board members include uni- 
versity and community members, will build the apartments and then lease them back to 
the university. This privatized approach gives the university a more flexible way of obtaining 
financing and allows for a more expedient construction process according to Ron Core, vice 
chancellor-business affairs. 

The six buildings will be located near Wagoner Hall and will feature two-, three- and four- 
bedroom apartments. Each furnished apartment will also include a kitchen with appliances; 
large living room; dining room; private, secured bedrooms; and, generally, one bathroom for 
every two bedrooms. In addition, washer and dryer, high-speed Ethernet, telephone, and cable 
TV connections will be provided. 

A clubhouse will provide amenities such as lounge, exercise room, seminar/group study 
space, copy/ technology center, vending area and kitchen as well as offices and staff apartments. 
An outdoor pool will be complemented by a patio area with picnic space, barbecue grills and two 
sand volleyball courts. A parking lot with 472 spaces will complete this residential complex. 

According to Brad Reid, director of housing and residence life, students and parents will 
be pleased to find these apartments are competitive both in amenities and cost to off-campus 
apartment complexes. 

School of Nursing faculty member Dr. Ruthanne Kuiper helps students conduct a clinical assessment 
on SimMan, a human patient simulator. A new nursing facility would provide space for increased 
student enrollment and greater use of technology in the classroom. 

The Competitive Edge: 

Increasing Diversity in UNCW Construction Projects 

Increasing diversity on campus is one of 
UNCW's seven strategic goals. The Office of 
Facilities' efforts to include more Histori- 
cally Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) in the 
business of the university dovetail with the 
university's stated diversity goal. Businesses 
owned by Blacks, Hispanics, Asian Ameri- 
cans, American Indians, white females and 
socio-economic disadvantaged groups or 
individuals are considered HUBS. 

HUB participation in both formal and 
informal projects grew dramatically last 
fiscal year according to the HUB 2004 Annual 
Report. HUB firms accounted for 40 percent 
of the dollars spent on formal and informal 
construction projects from July 1, 2003, to 
June 30, 2004, (see chart for breakdown of 

To actively pursue the university's 
diversity goal, the HUB plan has been revised 
with additional internal and external goals 
and specific strategies, according to Cheryl 
Sutton, HUB coordinator. While the HUB 
office continues to aggressively promote 
the HUB program through active involve- 
ment in community awareness events, local 
business development activities and by 
fostering relationships with both registered 
HUB and non-HUB construction firms and 
suppliers, it is also pursuing new initiatives. 

"We are marketing UNCW's HUB pro- 
gram by every avenue possible," said Sut- 
ton, "including new promotional materials, 
ongoing individual information sessions 
and group educational training sessions. 
In October 2004, the annual "Doing Busi- 
ness with UNCW" workshop hosted by the 
HUB office and purchasing department was 
expanded and renamed "UNCW Presents: 
Doing Business with Local Agencies" to foster 
broader participation in the region. Particu- 
lar attention was given to outreach to HUB 
vendors during this informative seminar. 

"This session was the best that I have 
attended. We had the opportunity to talk 
with the decision makers and those who 
know the ins and outs of the construction 
activity at the various agencies," said James 
Bowden of Bowden Electrical Contractors of 
Greensboro, NC. 

Another initiative being considered to 
expand and enhance HUB participation in 
UNCW construction projects is the estab- 
lishment of a HUB Academy modeled after 
a pilot program developed by the Office of 
the President in Chapel Hill. The academy 
would feature instruction in subjects such 
as reading plans and bidding jobs to increase 
the abilifies of HUB contractors to effectively 
compete in this market. 

Former trustee Linda Upperman-Smith 
stated at a recent HUB Advisory Council 
meeting, "The board of trustees continues 
to be aware and concerned about the low 
percentage of African American firms rep- 
resented." However, she added that much of 

the increasing success that has been achieved 
is due to the efforts of Cheryl Sutton in a 
position dedicated to the recruitment and 
development of a strong HUB base. 

Dr. Denis Carter, associate vice chan- 
cellor - academic affairs and chair of the 
HUB advisory council, pointed out that the 
board of trustees recently awarded the school 
of nursing design contract to an African 
American firm. He said, "We must keep 
asking the hard questions. And while we are 
not satisfied yet, each little success helps." 


Formal and Informal Projects for Fiscal Year 2004 

Total Dollars Spent 

$ 13,729,914 

Total Dollars Spent with 
HUB Contractors 




Dollars Spent by HUB Category: 










Asian American 



American Indian 




White Female 




Socio-economic Disadvantaged 



1 .0% 

The University of Nortli Carolina Wilmington is committed to and will provide equality of educational and employment 
opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, age, color, gender, national origin, ettinicity, creed, religion, 
disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, veteran status or relationstiip to other university 
constituents - except where sex, age or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where 
marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for state-funded employee benefit programs. Questions 
regarding program access may be directed to the Compliance Officer, UNCW Chancellor's Office, 910.962.3000, 
Fax 91 0.962.3483. 

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Editor Brenda Riegel 

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Contributors , 

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. Dana Fischetti 
Kemille Moore 
Joe Browning 

Weighing in 

The Hanover Hall weight room 
renovation project is a success 
story on many levels. Not only 
has it resulted in the creation of 
the Seahawk Strength Center, 
a state-of-the-art strength and 
conditioning complex which 
opened Aug. 15, 2004, it also 
speaks to the university's com- 
mitments to regional engage- 
ment and diversity'. 

Vital Statistics 

The 3,600-square-foot facil- 
it}' is anchored by six Athletic 
Edge half-rack Olympic plat- 
forms with custom "Seahawk 
Strength" artwork and four 
.Athletic Edge multi-racks v«th 
adjustable bench attachments. 

Student-athletes also ben- 
efit from 74 pairs of custom 

Alphonso Hall, owner of 

Hall Builders, with Joe 

Simon, assistant athletic 

director - facilities, celebrate 

the completion of the 

Seahawk Strength Center. 

engraved "Seahawk Strength" 
Black Iron Strength dumbbells 
totaling more than 5,500 pounds, 
4,610 pounds of plate weights, 
3,060 pounds of rubber bum- 
per weights, three Life Fitness 
pulleys and nine Life Fitness 
cardiovascular pieces. 

A Real Contender 

The project proved to be a 
success for the contractor and 
UNCW's HUB office as well. 
Alphonso Hall is the owner of 
Hail Builders North & South Car- 
olina LLC. Cheryl Sutton, UNCW 
HUB coordinator, saw Hall's ad 
in The Black Pages. Sutton and 
Mark Morgan, director of project 
management, encouraged Hall 
to obtain a commercial license 
and begin bidding on UNCW 
construction projects. 

on Success 

While Hall's firm has worked 
on UNCW projects including 
the intramural fields drain- 
age project, a room renovation 
in Cameron Hall and campus 
concrete and landscaping work, 
the weight room renovation was 
a real breakthrough. As a result 
of successfully completing this 
job and being able to use UNCW 
as a reference, Hall Builders 
has been able to increase their 
bonding limit from $120,000 
to $2,000,000 per project. This 
significant change allows them 
to bid on larger regional projects. 
The firm has also changed its 
specialization from residential 
to commercial projects since 
their success at UNCW. 

Strength to Strength 

Hall emphasizes the role of 
UNCW staff in his firm's success 
citing their efforts to offer minor- 
ity contractors the opportunity to 
begin with informal projects that 
do not require the stringent bond- 
ing formal projects do. He also 
appreciated that Sutton made the 
extra effort to recruit him, offering 
opportunities he would not have 
known about otherwise. 

Hall believes that UNCW's 
efforts to include more HUBs will 
continue to pay dividends. "When 
other minority businesses see suc- 
cesses like that of Hall Builders, 
they will want to pursue these 
opportunities, too," he said. 

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